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Confidentiality

Confidentiality is essential in making you feel safe to disclose sexual violence, and seek support and accommodation.

Before you disclose information, you have the right to ask the person about the level of confidentiality you can expect from them.

Our office ensures confidentiality. You will not be required to make a formal report or complaint. We maintain confidentiality when we consult with other individuals and offices at the university unless we have obtained your explicit consent to disclose information.

But there are limits to confidentiality. In very rare cases, the university may be required to take some action without your consent. This happens in cases where:

  1. There is an immediate threat of serious physical harm to yourself or another person;

  2. You have been sexually assaulted or harassed by a Ryerson faculty member or staff member;

  3. A judge subpoenas your records (this can include counselling records, notes taken by our office, or reports made to Ryerson Security); or

  4. There is evidence of sexual violence in the public realm (such as video posted on social media).

If one of these situations applies to you, you will be fully informed and supported at every step of the process.

Maintenance of statistics

Our office maintains annual statistics on both disclosed and reported incidents of sexual violence on campus. The data does not include any information that would identify a community member. We do this for the purposes of community education and required legislated reporting.